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#3736244 - 08/18/14 04:40 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: Setterman]
bigluresonly
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Recently I caught/ate a 44" rockfish with no trout in its stomach. The next day, same area, I caught/ate a 25" brown trout that had trout in its stomach.

In order to save the trout you must kill the trout.

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#3736385 - 08/18/14 08:54 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: bigluresonly]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: bigluresonly
Recently I caught/ate a 44" rockfish with no trout in its stomach. The next day, same area, I caught/ate a 25" brown trout that had trout in its stomach.

In order to save the trout you must kill the trout.


Sadly I think you believe this.

Having large brown trout are part of a healthy well managed fishery. Them feeding on trout is part of it, not to mention large brown trout feed on a wide variety of forage, not just trout. The same cannot be said of the stripers as there is no other fish for them to eat

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#3736409 - 08/18/14 09:16 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: Setterman]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: bigluresonly
Recently I caught/ate a 44" rockfish with no trout in its stomach. The next day, same area, I caught/ate a 25" brown trout that had trout in its stomach.

In order to save the trout you must kill the trout.


Sadly I think you believe this.

Having large brown trout are part of a healthy well managed fishery. Them feeding on trout is part of it, not to mention large brown trout feed on a wide variety of forage, not just trout. The same cannot be said of the stripers as there is no other fish for them to eat
no other fish? I always see them busting HUGE schools of giant gizzard shad. I know they will also eat trout and smallmouth but where I have seen the rockfish they are eating nothing but baitfish.
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#3736414 - 08/18/14 09:18 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: Setterman]
Cottontop
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When I was a kid it was no problem to catch sauger regularly below Nickajack Dam. Then sometime around the mid to late seventies along come the rockfish and away went the sauger not to mention the thousands of skip jack, threadfin and gizzard shad. All of which I have found in the gut of dead rockfish.
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#3736416 - 08/18/14 09:20 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: catman529]
AllOutdoors
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: AllOutdoors
I don't trout fish and like the fight of a rockfish. With that being said. I love to fish for smallmouth. It stinks to dress a 30lb rockfish to find a smallie in its belly. I have had
them knock 2lb smallies off my hook. Even chase them up in inches of water by my feet while wading to eat them. Just saying. They do fight hard and are fun to catch but they eat most anything that will fit in there mouth!
thin em out but don't kill em off... I can see why they like smallmouth, they taste pretty good too \:D


Crappie taste pretty good too. And I can keep 30 per day. The smallmouth fight much harder and like to jump making them fun to catch. Its easy for me to decide which fish to catch and grease and which fish to catch and release.
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#3736473 - 08/18/14 10:39 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: catman529]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: bigluresonly
Recently I caught/ate a 44" rockfish with no trout in its stomach. The next day, same area, I caught/ate a 25" brown trout that had trout in its stomach.

In order to save the trout you must kill the trout.


Sadly I think you believe this.

Having large brown trout are part of a healthy well managed fishery. Them feeding on trout is part of it, not to mention large brown trout feed on a wide variety of forage, not just trout. The same cannot be said of the stripers as there is no other fish for them to eat
no other fish? I always see them busting HUGE schools of giant gizzard shad. I know they will also eat trout and smallmouth but where I have seen the rockfish they are eating nothing but baitfish.


Come on catman, keep up \:D

I'm specifically talking about the Clinch below Norris. There is nothing but trout in that stretch of river.

The stripers that live in other places are fine with me as they have a wide array of fish to feed on

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#3736478 - 08/18/14 10:44 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: Setterman]
carsonmac
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Setterman-

I PM'ed you a couple weeks ago, let me know if you didn't get it, thanks!

Carson

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#3736483 - 08/18/14 10:50 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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good ones
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#3736494 - 08/18/14 11:05 AM Re: two trout eaters [Re: easy45]
stilllookin
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I dont belive these fish are intentionally stocked in this are . Theres a huge striper fishery below melton hill and I assume they come through the lock at melton hill dam. Plus ive heard they releaae their brood fish from eagle bend hatchery which I would think would be a small number. Also if you use lures resembling trout and carch big trout that tells me well you get the picture.
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#3736559 - 08/18/14 12:36 PM Re: two trout eaters [Re: stilllookin]
snaildarter
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I love to see people fight over which non-native is best......

There used to lots of bait fish up there from just below the weir all the way into town.

I may have to go back up there and catch a few rocks though.

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